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The tree closest to City Hall was installed first Monday.
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The tree near City Hall is near 25 feet. The one on the other end of Main Street is closer to 30 feet.
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Both trees are Blue Spruce trees.
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The trees are secured with cables.

North Adams Christmas Trees Delivered

Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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DPW workers give the tree a fresh cut before installation.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City workers installed the two Christmas Trees on Main Street Monday morning preparing the downtown for the holidays.
 
"Everyone is beeping at us; we have the Christmas music going," Wire and Alarm Inspector Mitchell Meranti said. "This just gets everyone in the holiday spirit. It is a lot of work but at the end of the day when we do the tree lighting the kids love it."
 
The first tree was transported from Clarksburg to the City Hall end of Main Street. It was donated by the estate of Therese and Bert "Frenchie" Lavoie. 
 
Meranti said the tree is about 25 feet tall and is a Blue Spruce. He said it is a little smaller than past trees.
 
"It is smaller by a couple of feet and as you know, it is getting tougher and tougher to find them," he said. "It is a great-looking tree, so you don't mind it being a little smaller."
 
The crew lifted the tree vertically before rotating it around. DPW members shouted out which side was the best looking as the tree slowly spun.
 
"It is the exact same as setting up a tree at home," Meranti said. "You spin it around until you find the best spot."
 
The second tree was installed near the monument on the other end of Main Street. 
 
It is closer to 30 feet tall and is also a Blue Spruce. It was donated by Brayton and Beverly Whitney from the Mowhawk Trail.
 
"We will set this up after we get the cables down and ratchet it down," Meranti said. "We have a good system and have it down pretty good."
 
After the trees are up, Meranti strings the lights.
 
"It is a monotonous job, and I will do it over a week," he said. "They will give me a crew of guys and we will make it happen."
 
The tree lighting will be held Nov. 23 at 5 pm.
 

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North Adams High School Athletes Place Flags on Veterans Graves

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Raegan Keil, daughter of VSO Mitchell Keil, participates in placing the American Flag on veterans' graves. The first flag she placed was in the marker of Michael Kline, her grandfather.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Athletes from Drury High School and McCann Technical School gave up the rare free Saturday morning to place flags on veterans graves in Southview Cemetery.
 
"I was very humbled when I saw the cars coming in, and I actually had to go over to the corner and put my sunglasses down and hide my tears, because it was very, very humbling to see everybody show up," said Travys Rivers, the city's veterans grave officer.
 
Rivers, a firefighter and veteran, said he sent out the "bat signal" and called John Moore of Drury and Robin Finnegan of McCann to see if any of the sports teams were free.
 
River said he was unsure what to expect, knowing many student athletes likely had games or practice. But come Saturday morning, around 100 students showed up with coaches and high school athletics administration. 
 
"I am amazed by these kids. They gave up a Saturday morning. They could have slept in if they didn't have practice or whatever," Rivers said. "They did not have to do this but instead came down and busted their butts."
 
Northern Berkshire Veterans Service Officer Mitchell Keil added that he often hears that the youth do not participate in civic activities. He said Saturday proves the opposite.
 
"As a veteran, it is heartwarming to see this type of participation from today's youth and encouraging for the future of the community. They may not understand the impact their involvement has on those that see them in action or those family members that visit a departed loved one's grave and see them continuously honored," he said. "Our city has a large group of individuals that are dedicated to honoring those veterans that have passed. This long tradition is in good hands, and as we move forward I encourage all to take part in the pursuit of honoring our veterans daily."
 
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